The Gift, Prairie State Friends Series #2   -     By: Wanda E. Brunstetter
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Treating people's ailments through reflexology has always been Leah Mast's special gift. While her family believe she has the healing touch, there are others who scoff at the notion, saying the idea of curing people through their feet is absurd.

Adam Beachy is on of those doubters, even though his own mother used to practice reflexology. And then she left the Amish and walked out on the family leaving his father to raise Adam and his sister.

Adam suddenly finds his life thrown into turmoil when tragedy strikes and he becomes a father figure to his nieces. He finds himself needing a wife, and quickly. Despite their differences, Leah seems the best option to fill that role. Can they hope to find love in a modern-day marriage of convenience?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616260823
ISBN-13: 9781616260828
Series: Prairie State Friends

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Follow the heart-wrenching story of Adam Beachy, whose mother walked out on him and his family—and away from the Amish faith. Now he balks at the idea of ever marrying and having a family of his own. But when tragedy strikes, Adam is suddenly a father figure to his three nieces and finds himself needing a wife. Despite their differences over her practice of reflexology, Leah Mast seems the best option to fill that role. Can they make it work in a modern-day marriage of convenience? 

Author Bio

New York Times, award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties.
Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

Editorial Reviews

A riveting plot kept me glued to the pages - one minute the story would be going smoothly and then bam, the author would throw in a twist that was sometimes gut wrenching and other times not, but each twist kept me wondering what might happen next. There were a few story lines going on within the main tale and Ms. Brunstetter blends them together perfectly, providing an ending that certainly leaves this reader longing for the next book in The Prairie State Friends series. Fans of Amish fiction will devour The Gift, but anyone dealing with love, loss, and family issues really should give this one a try. Wanda Brunstetter is one of my favorite authors in the Amish genre because her work always provides inspirational messages while also describing real life issues that happen to take place in an Amish setting!

A riveting plot that kept me glued to the pages, one minute THE GIFT would be going smoothly and then Ms. Brunstetter would throw in a twist that was sometimes gut wrenching. Each twist kept me wondering what might happen next. There were a few story lines going on within the story and Wanda Brunstetter blends them together perfectly, providing an ending that certainly leaves this reader longing for the next book in The Prairie State Friends series.

A beautifully written love story with more than just romance, The Gift has family secrets and tragedy, too. Hope rises out of the ashes with a second chance at happiness for characters who rely on their faith to see them through all they experience.

"I always highly recommend Wanda Brunstetter's books and "The Gift" is no exception. If you enjoy Amish-based stories, you'll love this one!"

"Brunstetter’s soothing expressive style of writing is a balm to her readers as they seek an escape from their harried lives. The slower pace of the Amish provides this escape, even though the day to day problems remain the same in both worlds."

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  1. Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fantastic
    January 13, 2016
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Gift - eBook.
    Fantastic! This is the second book in the Prairie State Friends series. This seemed to stand alone but I recommend reading the first in the series because Wanda E. Brunstetter books are always wonderful. I have never read one of hers that I didn't like. This one has Leah Mast who has a gift of healing using reflexology and Adam Beachy who wants nothing to do with reflexology because of something that happened in his childhood. They meet because Adam has a tragedy and his sister and husband die and he is left to raise their children. Leah helps him to care for them. This book has a great bit of romance and just a hint of what will happen next. I really recommend this series. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
  2. Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gift is a Gift!
    December 20, 2015
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Leah Mast has an ability to help her neighbors and heal their ailments by practicing reflexology and she is thankful that God has given her this talent. Adam Beachy has total disdain for anyone who believes in this practice and he is very vocal about his aversion. Readers meet both of these characters in the first few pages of The Gift, the second book of the Prairie State Friends series, and we are immediately given a glimpse of how complicated a relationship between the two of them would be. Soon, Adam is faced with the prospect of raising his three orphaned nieces and who does he seek for help? Yes, it is Leah but it is only because he is desperate! A proposal of marriage follows but no love is involved; this will be a marriage for his convenience only.

    As I read this, I found myself wondering if Leah is making a mistake because Adam is very judgemental and very unforgiving but Brunstetter has a talent for developing characters that are flawed people but ultimately, redeemable human beings.

    This book also gives us an update on characters we met in The Decision, the first book in the Prairie State Friends series. It is nice to revisit them but their new situations and added conflicts leave us with questions that I hope will be answered in book three.

    Wanda Brunstetter is famous for her Amish themed books and her fans will not be disappointed.

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion
  3. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable continuing story
    September 29, 2015
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Wanda Brunstetter continues her Prairie State Friends series with The Gift. She once again takes her readers to Arthur, Illinois, to re-visit friends first introduced in The Decision.

    The story picks up from the first book, with several characters returning in continuing relationships. The story has an engaging mix of hope, joy, promise and hurt, despair, and struggle. There are twists and turns that kept me well involved in the flow of the story. I also learned some interesting things about widely varying topics like reflexology and hummingbirds.

    Fans of good Amish fiction should enjoy this read by one of the premier authors in the genre. There are enough loose ends left in the story to make me anxious to see how they work out in the final installment of the trilogy -- The Revelation, scheduled for release next February.

    Thanks to Wanda and her publisher for providing a copy of The Gift in exchange for my honest review.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gift
    September 21, 2015
    Karen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thought it was great. Read the first in the series and it was also a good book.
  5. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a wonderful Amish story.
    September 14, 2015
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had not read book #1 in this series before reading this one. There were enough references to it and things from that story that it probably would have been better to do so. At the same time I was able to fully follow everything that happened in this novel without having done so. Therefore it isnt exactly necessary to read it first.

    I loved Leah Mast and Im guessing that she is probably one of the secondary characters in the previous book. She is comfortable with the life that she has living with her parents and giving reflexology treatments to help others. That is her whole focus in life living the way God wants her to and helping others. I was able to really connect with her on both of those points and that added to my enjoyment of the story. I wanted her to add a loving, romantic relationship to that so that her life could be even more fulfilling.

    When introduced to Adam Beachy and the story of his childhood started to come out my heart ached for all that he had been through. I cant imagine the feelings of rejection that he and his sister would have had to deal with. I really enjoyed reading his journey as he tried to work through some of the past and the heartache with Gods help.

    I hope that we get to see more of Adam and Leah in future books so that we can see how they are getting along.

    I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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